“Don’t let Nigeria break up.” – Nelson Mandela in 2007!!!

“Now we hear that you cannot be president in Nigeria unless you are Muslim or Christian. Some people tell me your country may break up.
Please don’t let it happen”
– Nelson Mandela in an interview with Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed in 2007.

What has changed in 2014 – 7 years after?

We are still battling with the Muslim / Christian divide!

We are still battling with north versus south versus west versus east versus south south versus south east etc!

Nigeria and Nigerians are still focusing on the politics of party instead of supporting the best man for the job!

We are still faced with the challenge of its our turn – quota system.

Corruption is still the order of the day. Politicians still embezzle public funds with careless abandon and go scot free?

Who will save our nation from
charlatans,
kidnappers,
terrorists?

I don’t think Nigeria will break up, Tata Madiba have no fear!

We shall survive.

2015 is round the corner; it’s a year that will make or mar us as a nation.

Another set of candidates have been chosen to contest.

Let us pray for them,
Let us pray for Nigeria.
May God save Nigeria and give us the leader / leaders to lead us to the promised land!

Posted by Damian @8WDee.com.

Mandela’s message to Nigerian leaders!!!

I stumbled upon this piece on a friend’s wall on Facebook. It was an interview given by Nelson Mandela published in the Nigerian Tribune focusing principally on Nigerian leadership issues.

Please read and share, let’s hope and pray that in the spirit of Madiba maybe Nigerian politicians will have a change of heart. 
He wonders why Nigerians are not more angry than they are at their leaders and leadership.! I wonder too but I guess he doesn’t realise that Nigerians have very short memory.
We pay lip service to the problems that are overwhelming us as a nation. Anyway this article is about Mandela not what I think.

This is my way of paying tribute to this great Saint of a man, who sacrificed his life for his nation.

There is nothing that I can write or say that has not been written or said about Tata Madiba so i decided earlier today to go and pay my homage to him and signed the condolence register.

So in his vintage fearless style here is what he thinks of leadership in Nigeria.

“YOU know I am not very happy with Nigeria. I have made that very clear on many occasions.
Yes, Nigeria stood by us more than any nation, but you let yourselves down, and Africa and the black race very badly.
Your leaders have no respect for their people.
They believe that their personal interests are the interests of the people. They take people’s resources and turn it into personal wealth.

There is a level of poverty in Nigeria that should be unacceptable.
I cannot understand why Nigerians are not more angry than they are.

“What do young Nigerians think about your leaders and their country and Africa?
Do you teach them history?
Do you have lessons on how your past leaders stood by us and gave us large amounts of money?
You know I hear from Angolans and Mozambicans and Zimbabweans how your people opened their hearts and their homes to them.
I was in prison then, but we know how your leaders punished western companies who supported Apartheid.

“What about the corruption and the crimes? Your elections are like wars. Now we hear that you cannot be president in Nigeria unless you are Muslim or Christian.
Some people tell me your country may break up. Please don’t let it happen.

“Let me tell you what I think you need to do. You should encourage leaders to emerge who will not confuse public office with sources of making personal wealth.
Corrupt people do not make good leaders. Then you have to spend a lot of your resources for education.

Educate children of the poor, so that they can get out of poverty. Poverty does not breed confidence. Only confident people can bring changes. Poor, uneducated people can also bring change, but it will be hijacked by the educated and the wealthy…give young Nigerians good education. Teach them the value of hard work and sacrifice, and discourage them from crimes which are destroying your image as a good people.”

(Excerpts taken from a 2007 interview with Mandela conducted by Dr  Hakeem Baba-Ahmed).

Last modified on Monday, 09 December 2013 23:13